May 3, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT
The summer situation for U.S. forwards is suddenly in flux as availability of first-choice target man may now be in question.
Jozy Altidore needed to leave AZ Alkmaar’s match Wednesday with Jijmegen before halftime following an ugly accident; he slid into a hard structure along the sideline during his club’s Dutch Eredivisie contest.
This comes about two weeks before U.S. players are to gather in Florida ahead of three important friendlies and (Scotland, Brazil and Canada) the country’s opening pair of matches in World Cup 2014 qualifying.
Video from Altidore’s Dutch club is here. The injury occurs about one minute into the highlight package.
Altidore has 19 goals over all competitions this year for Alkmaar, which just dropped to fifth in the Dutch table with one match remaining, still with a chance to move up one spot into a Europa League berth for 2012-13.
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